Washington State Patrol struggles with recruiting new troopers

This is an archived article and the information in the article may be outdated. Please look at the time stamp on the story to see when it was last updated.

Washington State Patrol

OLYMPIA, Wash. (AP) — The Washington State Patrol is having trouble recruiting new troopers and many department veterans are eligible for retirement at the end of the year.

The Daily Herald reports that many of the new hires end up leaving for jobs with local law enforcement agencies that pay better.

“It’s a huge challenge,” Capt. Monica Alexander told the Herald. “We’re trying to evaluate how to get people in the door and keep them. We can’t have people going out the back door as soon as one enters the front door.”

The state patrol had 147 vacancies in its commissioned ranks as of Oct. 23.

To address the problem, patrol leaders and lawmakers have hired a consultant that will submit a study by December possible solutions.

The patrol will close some of the gap when about 25 people graduate from the next class of troopers on Nov. 19.

But Alexander says more are needed.

Notice: you are using an outdated browser. Microsoft does not recommend using IE as your default browser. Some features on this website, like video and images, might not work properly. For the best experience, please upgrade your browser.